The Girl on the Velvet Swing

The Girl on the Velvet Swing, a tale of glamour, excess, and danger, is an immersive, fascinating look at an America dominated by men of outsize fortunes and by the women who were their victims.

The Girl on the Velvet Swing

Author: Simon Baatz

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316396672

Page: 400

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From New York Times bestselling author Simon Baatz, the first comprehensive account of the murder that shocked the world. In 1901 Evelyn Nesbit, a chorus girl in the musical Florodora, dined alone with the architect Stanford White in his townhouse on 24th Street in New York. Nesbit, just sixteen years old, had recently moved to the city. White was forty-seven and a principal in the prominent architectural firm McKim, Mead & White. As the foremost architect of his day, he was a celebrity, responsible for designing countless landmark buildings in Manhattan. That evening, after drinking champagne, Nesbit lost consciousness and awoke to find herself naked in bed with White. Telltale spots of blood on the bed sheets told her that White had raped her. She told no one about the rape until, several years later, she confided in Harry Thaw, the millionaire playboy who would later become her husband. Thaw, thirsting for revenge, shot and killed White in 1906 before hundreds of theatergoers during a performance in Madison Square Garden, a building that White had designed. The trial was a sensation that gripped the nation. Most Americans agreed with Thaw that he had been justified in killing White, but the district attorney expected to send him to the electric chair. Evelyn Nesbit's testimony was so explicit and shocking that Theodore Roosevelt himself called on the newspapers not to print it verbatim. The murder of White cast a long shadow: Harry Thaw later attempted suicide, and Evelyn Nesbit struggled for many years to escape an addiction to cocaine. The Girl on the Velvet Swing, a tale of glamour, excess, and danger, is an immersive, fascinating look at an America dominated by men of outsize fortunes and by the women who were their victims.

Tragic Beauty

The scandal rocked the nation with its lurid details of sex, power, drugs, and insanity. The newspapers and tabloids had a field day with the story and labeled the murder "The Crime of the Century."

Tragic Beauty

Author: Deborah Paul


ISBN: 1411696972

Page: 184

View: 555

The 1914 memoirs of Evelyn Nesbit, the beautiful chorus girl and model whose association with architect Stanford White would later lead to his sensational murder at Madison Square Garden. In June 1906, Pittsburgh playboy Harry K. Thaw shot and murdered Stanford White, one of America's most famous architects, over a deadly dispute involving White's seduction of Thaw's wife, Evelyn Nesbit. Known as "the girl on the red velvet swing," Evelyn earned this moniker when she described swinging naked on a red velvet swing in Stanford White's New York studio apartment. Stanford White had supposedly drugged and raped the sixteen-year-old Evelyn in the autumn of 1901. The scandal rocked the nation with its lurid details of sex, power, drugs, and insanity. The newspapers and tabloids had a field day with the story and labeled the murder "The Crime of the Century."

Anne Rice s Vampire Chronicles An Alphabettery

famous Ray Milland–Joan Collins film about the famous architect Stanford White
and his romance with the Gibson girl. The movie was entitled The Girl in the Red
Velvet Swing, and indeed Stanford White had such a swing hanging from the ...

Anne Rice s Vampire Chronicles An Alphabettery

Author: Becket

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0525434739

Page: 688

View: 363

An annotated cosmology of Anne Rice's Vampiredom from A(kasha) to Z(enobia)--all fifteen books of the Vampire Chronicles detailed, by a longtime Anne Rice reader and scholar; the who, what, where, why, (and often) how of her beloved characters, mortal and 'im', brought together in a book for the first time. Illustrated by Mark Edward Geyer. An Alphabettery of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles gathers together, from all fifteen of the books in the series, the facts, details, story lines, genealogies of her characters, vampiric subjects, geographical influences, and cultural and individual histories, all of which Rice painstakingly researched and invented during her 40-year career--to date--through which she has enchanted and transported us. Here are concise, detailed biographies of every character, no matter how central or minor to the cosmology. Revealed are the intricacies and interconnectedness of characters and subjects throughout. We see how Akasha (Queen of Egypt and the first vampire) is connected to Mekare (the inheritor of the title of the Queen of the Damned), etc., and how these characters connect back to the darkest rebel outlaw of them all, Lestat de Lioncourt ... And we see, as well, the ways in which Rice's vampires have evolved from warring civilizations to isolated covens to a unified race of blood drinkers led by their hero-wanderer and sole monarch, Prince Lestat. For devoted and first-time Anne Rice readers alike, An Alphabettery of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles will be the holy grail of lore and revelation for those who have been, and continue to be, mesmerized by the worlds within worlds of these beloved tales of the undead.

Glenda Farrell Hollywood s Hardboiled Dame

On June 1, she returned to Hollywood to begin working the feature film The Girl in
the Red Velvet Swing, which was in production until mid-July. The Girl in the Red
Velvet Swing opens with the following written prologue: In 1906, the ...

Glenda Farrell  Hollywood   s Hardboiled Dame

Author: Scott A. Nollen

Publisher: Midnight Marquee & BearManor Media


Page: 296

View: 705

Torchy Blane: model for Superman’s Lois Lane. Five-foot-three firecracker. Smart, adventurous blonde. Gimme girl. Wry eyes, pouty kisser. Wicked wisecracks. Sly double take. Fast-talking, no-nonsense, straight-shooting, stand-up, hardboiled dame. Anyone for Glenda Farrell? In addition to her film roles, many of which were brilliant comedic performances, Glenda also had an extensive resume on Broadway, as well as numerous television guest-starring appearances. Whether playing a gangster’s moll, a hash-slinging waitress, or a fast-talking reporter, Glenda Farrell charmed her way into the hearts of America in the 1930s and 1940s and became a friendly well-known face on the new medium of television, winning an Emmy for an episode of Ben Casey, “A Cardinal Act of Mercy.” Finally, a book on Hollywood’s Hardboiled Dame, who was more of an all-around good egg and never hardboiled.

Madison Square Tragedy

Nominee: Reuben Award for Best Graphic Novel YALSA, Great Graphic Novels for Teens Bringing to life turn-of-the-century New York and the scintillating career of one of its most famous architects, as well as the vices that cost him his life, ...

Madison Square Tragedy

Author: Rick Geary

Publisher: NBM Publishing

ISBN: 1561637637

Page: 80

View: 723

Nominee: Reuben Award for Best Graphic Novel YALSA, Great Graphic Novels for Teens Bringing to life turn-of-the-century New York and the scintillating career of one of its most famous architects, as well as the vices that cost him his life, this true-crime graphic novel tells the story of one of the most scandalous murders of the times. Stanford White was one of New York's most famous architects, having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden; his influence on New York's look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent: he had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with a red velvet swing. When he met Evelyn Nesbit—an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson's drawing The Eternal Question and later for the movie The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing—he knew he was on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually married a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who developed a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her.

A Much Married Woman

―To the girl in the red velvet swing!‖ he toasted. * * * There was no doubt
Jonathan O'Brien was an opportunist. He'd come west to Virginia City in 1859,
when the Comstock load was so fresh he bragged to all his friends back east that
all a ...

A Much Married Woman


Publisher: Mind Wings Audio

ISBN: 1611142490


View: 369


And Phil Baoine's act, he recalled nostalgically, smacked of “the girl in the velvet
swing all covered with tulle again.”15 Aleisurely change of clothes and then
dinner typically followed the happy-hour festivities. Some chose Lenore Ross
and ...


Author: Karen Christel Krahulik

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814747817

Page: 276

View: 827

How did a sleepy New England fishing village become a gay mecca? In this dynamic history, Karen Christel Krahulik explains why Provincetown, Massachusetts—alternately known as “Land’s End,” “Cape-tip,” “Cape-end,” and, to some, “Queersville, U.S.A”—has meant many things to many people. Provincetown tells the story of this beguiling coastal town, from its early history as a mid-nineteenth century colonial village to its current stature as a bustling gay tourist destination. It details the many cultures and groups—Yankee artists, Portuguese fishermen, tourists—that have comprised and influenced Provincetown, and explains how all of them, in conjunction with larger economic and political forces, come together to create a gay and lesbian mecca. Through personal stories and historical accounts, Provincetown reveals the fascinating features that have made Provincetown such a textured and colorful destination: its fame as the landfall of the Mayflower Pilgrims, charm as an eccentric artists’ colony, and allure as a Dionysian playground. It also hints at one of Provincetown’s most dramatic economic changes: its turn from fishing village to resort town. From a history of fishing economies to a history of tourism, Provincetown, in the end, is as eclectic and vibrant as the city itself.

Costume Design in the Movies

GIRL ...

Costume Design in the Movies

Author: Elizabeth Leese

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486134296

Page: 176

View: 477

Comprehensive, lavishly illustrated reference work provides biographical/career data for major designers (Adrian, Jean Louis, Edith Head, more). Updated to 1988, with over 400 new film credits. 177 illustrations. Index of 6,000 films.

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

1955: Violent Saturday: The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing 1956: Bandido;
Between Heaven and Hell. 1958: The Vikings: These Thousand Hills. 1959:
Compulsion. 1960. Crack in the Mirror. 1961. The Big Gamble, 1962. Barabbas,

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

Author: David Thomson

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1101874708

Page: 1168

View: 910

For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island book” of art critic David Sylvester, not merely “a great, crazy masterpiece” (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian), but also “fiendishly seductive” (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone). This new edition updates the older entries and adds 30 new ones: Darren Aronofsky, Emmanuelle Beart, Jerry Bruckheimer, Larry Clark, Jennifer Connelly, Chris Cooper, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Richard Curtis, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Michael Gambon, Christopher Guest, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar-Wai, Laura Linney, Tobey Maguire, Michael Moore, Samantha Morton, Mike Myers, Christopher Nolan, Dennis Price, Adam Sandler, Kevin Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, Lew Wasserman, Naomi Watts, and Ray Winstone. In all, the book includes more than 1300 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long. In addition to the new “musts,” Thomson has added key figures from film history–lively anatomies of Graham Greene, Eddie Cantor, Pauline Kael, Abbott and Costello, Noël Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Gish, Rin Tin Tin, and more. Here is a great, rare book, one that encompasses the chaos of art, entertainment, money, vulgarity, and nonsense that we call the movies. Personal, opinionated, funny, daring, provocative, and passionate, it is the one book that every filmmaker and film buff must own. Time Out named it one of the ten best books of the 1990s. Gavin Lambert recognized it as “a work of imagination in its own right.” Now better than ever–a masterwork by the man playwright David Hare called “the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing.”

Media and American Courts

New York v Thaw: Playboys and Sob Sisters Early in the twentieth century,
several criminal cases received widespread, sensationalistic coverage in the
press. One of these cases involved the “Girl in the Red Velvet Swing” (whose
story was ...

Media and American Courts

Author: S. L. Alexander

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576079791

Page: 231

View: 386

Contains a reference handbook to issues involving the media and the American court system and explores how technological advances from cameras in the courtroom to internet news have created new areas of controversy.

Trials of the Century

A movie called The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing premiered in 1955 and starred
Joan Collins as Evelyn Nesbit, Ray Milland as Stanford White, and Farley
Granger as Harry Thaw. Evelyn, still alive at the time, was paid $10,000 to work
as a ...

Trials of the Century

Author: Mark J. Phillips

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1633881962

Page: 340

View: 906

In every decade of the twentieth century, there was one sensational murder trial that riveted public attention and at the time was called "the trial of the century." This book tells the story of each murder case and the dramatic trial—and media coverage—that followed. Starting with the murder of famed architect Stanford White in 1906 and ending with the O.J. Simpson trial of 1994, the authors recount ten compelling tales spanning the century. Each is a story of celebrity and sex, prejudice and heartbreak, and all reveal how often the arc of American justice is pushed out of its trajectory by an insatiable media driven to sell copy. The most noteworthy cases are here--including the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Sam Sheppard murder trial ("The Fugitive"), the "Helter Skelter" murders of Charles Manson, and the O.J. Simpson murder trial. But some cases that today are lesser known also provide fascinating glimpses into the tenor of the time: the media sensation created by yellow journalist William Randolph Hearst around the murder trial of 1920s movie star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle; the murder of the Scarsdale Diet guru by an elite prep-school headmistress in the 1980s; and more. The authors conclude with an epilogue on the infamous Casey Anthony (“tot mom”)trial, showing that the twenty-first century is as prone to sensationalism as the last century. This is a fascinating history of true crime, justice gone awry, and the media often at its worst.

Cumulative Paperback Index 1939 1959

Gil Paust The girl on Crown Gilbert and Sullivan William Schwenck Street . David
Karp operas . Gilbert Girl on the beach. George Sumner Albee Arthur Sullivan
The girl on the couch. Georgiana Hunter ... Faith Baldwin velvet swing. Charles ...

Cumulative Paperback Index  1939 1959

Author: R. Reginald

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 0893700223

Page: 362

View: 551

This was the first bibliography and guide to the American mass market paperback book, and it remains one of the most definitive. The major index is by author, and lists: author, title, publisher, book number, year of publication, and cover price. The title index lists titles and authors only. The publisher index provides a history of that imprint, with addresses, number ranges, and general physical description of the books issued. This is the place that all study of the American paperback must begin.

Seattle s Historic Hotels

Predictably, it was over a woman: Evelyn Marshall Nesbit, a chorus girl from the
show Florodora. Nesbit became Thaw's wife and ... Evelyn Marshall Nesbit
became known as “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.” (Courtesy UWSC Hamilton
176.) ...

Seattle s Historic Hotels

Author: Robin Shannon

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439642516

Page: 128

View: 929

Mary Ann Conklin, also known as Madame Damnable, ran Seattles first hotel, the Felker House, which burned to the ground in the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. The Rainier Hotel was erected quickly following the Great Seattle Fire but razed around 1910. The Denny Hotel, an architectural masterpiece later known as the Washington Hotel, was built in 1890 but torn down in 1907 during the massive regrade that flattened Denny Hill. Upon opening in 1909, the Sorrento Hotel was declared a credit to Seattle by the Seattle Times. The Olympic Hotel was the place for Seattles high society throughout the 1920s. The Hotel Kalmar was a workingmans hotel built in 1881 and was razed for the Seattle tollway. The Lincoln Hotel was destroyed by a tragic fire in 1920, along with its rooftop gardens. The famous and grand Seattle Hotel in Pioneer Square was replaced by a sinking ship parking garage, thus sparking preservationists to band together to establish Pioneer Square as a historic district.

Include Me Out

I've never seen The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, so I have no idea of how good
or bad it is. However, up there with Strangers on a Train, it was one of my more
enjoyable filmmaking experiences in Hollywood. No one behaved like a prima ...

Include Me Out

Author: Farley Granger

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429945443

Page: 272

View: 476

In classic Hollywood tradition, Farley Granger, a high school senior, was discovered by Sam Goldwyn's casting director in an off-Hollywood Boulevard play. Granger describes how he learned his craft as he went on to star in a number of films, giving an insider's view of working with Hitchcock on Strangers on a Train and Rope, Luchino Visconti on Senso, and Nick Ray on They Live by Night. He is eloquent about his bisexuality and tells of affairs with Patricia Neal, Arthur Laurents, Shelley Winters, Leonard Bernstein and Ava Gardner and his involvement with Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, and Tyrone Power. Granger recreates his legendary struggle to break his contract with Goldwyn. He had to buy his way out to work on Broadway. He describes the early days of live television and working with Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer, Helen Hayes, and Claire Bloom. He captures the thrill of acting on the stage with Janice Rule, June Havoc, Larry Hagman, Barbara Cook, and the National Repertory Theatre, where his determination paid off with an OBIE for his work in Tally & Son. Granger's delightful and elegant memoir Include Me Out captures the extravangance of Hollywood's Golden Age-and provides colorful portraits of many of its major players.

New York City Vaudeville

... wearing a transparent anklelength dress and with her hair hanging down her
back. She continued in vaudeville into the 1920s and was the subject of a 1955
biopic The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing. Annette Kellermann (1887–1975) made
a ...

New York City Vaudeville

Author: Anthony Slide

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439633916

Page: 128

View: 107

New York City Vaudeville provides a unique pictorial record of America’s preeminent entertainment medium in the late 1800s through the early 1930s. New York’s Palace Theatre served as the flagship for vaudeville, on which stage every vaudevillian aspired to perform. New York City Vaudeville features photographs of some of the greatest names from the Palace Theatre, including Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Anna Held, the Marx Brothers, and Eva Tanguay, as well as legendary African American performers such as Bill Robinson, Ethel Waters, and Bert Williams. Through the photographs and the capsule biographies, the reader is transported back to a time when vaudeville was the people’s entertainment, with a new bill of fare each week and an ever-changing number of performers with ever-changing styles of presentation.

Science Fiction Film Directors 1895 1998

... (¡955); The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (¡955); Bandido; Between Heaven and
Hell (¡956); The Vikings (¡958); These Thousand Hills; Compulsion (¡959); Crack
in the Mirror (¡960); The Bag Gamble (¡96¡); Barabbas (¡962); Fantastic Voyage ...

Science Fiction Film Directors  1895  1998

Author: Dennis Fischer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786485051

Page: 767

View: 348

This enormous and exhaustive reference book has entries on every major and minor director of science fiction films from the inception of cinema (circa 1895) through 1998. For each director there is a complete filmography including television work, a career summary, a critical assessment, and behind-the-scenes production information. Seventy-nine directors are covered in especially lengthy entries and a short history of the science fiction film genre is also included.


Adapted from R. Fleischer, director, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (film), 1955;
Michael Macdonald Mooney, Evelyn Nesbit and Stanford White: Love and Death
in the Gilded Age (New York: Morrow, 1976), pp. 45-46. 14. NT to KJ, June 11, ...


Author: Marc Seifer

Publisher: Citadel

ISBN: 0806535563

Page: 576

View: 738

“The story of one of the most prolific, independent, and iconoclastic inventors of this century . . . fascinating.”--Scientific American Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla’s creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls. This essential biography is illustrated with sixteen pages of photographs, including the July 20, 1931, Time magazine cover for an issue celebrating the inventor’s career. “A deep and comprehensive biography of a great engineer of early electrical science--likely to become the definitive biography. Highly recommended.”--American Association for the Advancement of Science “Seifer's vivid, revelatory, exhaustively researched biography rescues pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla from cult status and restores him to his rightful place as a principal architect of the modern age.” --Publishers Weekly Starred Review “[Wizard] brings the many complex facets of [Tesla's] personal and technical life together in to a cohesive whole....I highly recommend this biography of a great technologist.” --A.A. Mullin, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, COMPUTING REVIEWS “[Along with A Beautiful Mind] one of the five best biographies written on the brilliantly disturbed.”--WALL STREET JOURNAL “Wizard is a compelling tale presenting a teeming, vivid world of science, technology, culture and human lives.”--NEW SCIENTIST “Marc Seifer is an excellent writer and scholar, who has produced a wonderfully readable and illuminating biography of one of the most intriguing men of this century...mak[ing] us understand not only the man, but also the times in which he lived....[A] masterpiece.”--NELSON DEMILLE “The author presents much new material...[and] bases his book on a large number of archival and primary sources....Underneath the layers of hero worship, the core of Seifer's book is a serious piece of scholarship.” --Ronald Kline, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN “Seifer has done a remarkable job going through all the Tesla manuscripts...ferret[ing] out hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles in which he traces out Tesla's public image [and] offers a reasonable reconstruction of Tesla's emotional world...Seifer has significantly advanced our understanding of Tesla.”--Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, for ISIS “It is my opinion that Dr. Seifer leads the world as the most authoritative of all the Tesla researchers.”--J.W. McGINNIS, President, International Tesla Society “Far and away the best job among Tesla biographies.”--Jeffrey D. Kooistra, INFINITE ENERGY “Wizard is...utterly absorbing with chapters charting all stages of Tesla's life...Seifer treats his prodigious subject with sympathy and realism.”--NEXUS “Wizard...presents a much more accurate...picture of Tesla.... [It] is thorough, informative, entertaining and a valuable addition to electrotechnological history, past and future.”--ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TIMES “In modern times, Tesla may be enjoying a comeback thanks to books like Wizard.”--THE NEW YORK TIMES

Movie Stars Do the Dumbest Things

... Ryan O'Neal (actor). S E L E CTED HITS (and M is ses) FiLMS. I Believe in You
(1953), The Good Die Young (1954), Land of the Pharaohs (1955), The Virgin
Queen (1955), The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), The Opposite Sex (1956)
, ...

Movie Stars Do the Dumbest Things

Author: Margaret Moser

Publisher: Renaissance Books

ISBN: 9781429978378

Page: 320

View: 718

Johnny Depp. Marilyn Monroe. Marlon Brando. Leonardo DiCaprio. Woody Allen. Shanron Stone. What do all of these actors have in common? They're outrageous, receive huge salaries, have enormous egos, and have way too much spare time. Their out-of-control lifestyles prove that, as one Hollywood observer noted, "Hollywood is a trip through a sewer in a glass-bottomed boat." You'll learn which director was furious when he was misquoted as saying, "Actors are cattle." He claimed he had really said, "Actors should be treated as cattle." You'll discover that Bruce Wilis ordered the final scenes in Striking Distance to be re-shot at a cost of over $750,000 because the original shots exposed his toupee. You'll find that Melanie Griffith explained her ignorance of the Nazi holocaust by saying, "I don't know why I didn't know. Maybe I missed school that day...I'm not stupid." Whether you're a fan of Hugh Grant, Dennis Hopper, or Whoopi Goldberg, you'll learn about all of the embarrassing moments in your favorite star's life. From actors like Ben Affleck and Cameron Diaz to screen legends like Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, Movie Stars Do the Dumbest Things is proof that actors are more childish and impulsive than you've ever imagined.

Tampa Bay s Gulf Beaches

- - HIT NO . 3 The FAST and FURIOUS Dorothy MALONE John IRELAND . . . HIT
NO . 4 . . the Moon is Blue EDMOND am William HOLDEN David NIVEN ...

Tampa Bay s Gulf Beaches

Author: R. Wayne Ayers

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738516639

Page: 128

View: 317

In the years following World War II, Tampa Bay's barrier island beaches were transformed from a sparsely populated strip to a booming vacation destination. Following the war's end, fond memories of beachside training exercises amid sand and sea attracted thousands of former G.I.s and their families to the area for vacation. This sudden outbreak of tourism caught the attention of developers, who quickly converted the lonely stretches of beach into a vacationer's paradise, complete with snazzy motels offering the latest amenities. Once home to fishermen and well-to-do winter vacationers, the area's gulf beaches became a popular getaway for newly prosperous middle-class families, anxious to put war-weary years behind them.